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  • September 29, 2009 - MLB.com
    Zobrist at center of Rays' rally: Ben Zobrist scored on Pat Burrell's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to give the Rays a 7-6 win over the Orioles on Monday night with 10,352 watching at Tropicana Field.
  • August 24, 2009 - MLB.com
    Feldman, Rangers blank Rays in finale: Scott Feldman earned his AL-leading ninth road win with a gem to beat the Rays, 4-0, and help the Rangers avoid getting swept at Tropicana Field on Sunday.
  • August 19, 2009 - MLB.com
    Old form from Upton, Burrell fuels Rays: The Rays used three long balls to back starter David Price and win its third straight game by handing the Orioles a 5-4 loss at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night.
  • August 5, 2009 - MLB.com
    Longoria's blasts lift Rays to dramatic win: Evan Longoria hit a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the 13th inning to lift the Rays over the Red Sox, 4-2, at Tropicana Field on Tuesday.
  • August 5, 2009 - Boston Globe
    Suddenly the heat is upon the Sox: Say goodbye to the Orioles, to the Royals, to the Nationals and to the A’s. The baseball season begins in earnest tonight in steamy St. Petersburg, Fla., where the Red Sox will open a two-game miniseries against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. After that, it’s on to the Bronx for four games against the first-place Yankees, out of ...
  • July 9, 2009 - Associated Press
    Storm knocks out power during Blue Jays-Rays: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays' game against the Tampa Bay Rays was delayed for 20 minutes in the middle of the seventh inning by a thunderstorm that knocked out power to some of the lights at Tropicana Field....
  • June 29, 2009 - MLB.com
    Rays stay hot with sweep of Marlins: In a matchup of young, hard-throwing left-handers, David Price outdueled Andrew Miller as the Rays beat the Marlins, 5-2, to sweep the three-game series at Tropicana Field.
  • June 24, 2009 - MLB.com
    Zobrist's wife to sing national anthem: Julianna Zobrist will perform the national anthem prior to Thursday night's Rays-Phillies contest at Tropicana Field, and her husband, Rays second baseman/utilityman Ben Zobrist, is eager to see his bride perform.
  • June 15, 2009 - MLB.com
    Rays finish sweep of Nats on odd bounce: Willy Aybar's"seeing-eye"double in the eighth led the Rays to a 5-4 win over the Nationals on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field with 25,841 watching.
  • June 5, 2009 - Houston Chronicle
    Inside Pitch: Local players Beckett, Niemann pitch gems: Tampa Bay’s Jeff Niemann, a Rice and Lamar High product, took a perfect game into the fifth and wound up with a two-hitter in shutting out the Royals 9-0 on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
  • May 22, 2009 - MLB.com
    Rays turn on power, walk off over A's: Carl Crawford hit a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning, and the Rays came from behind to beat the A's, 6-5, in Thursday's series finale at Tropicana Field.
  • May 22, 2009 - San Francisco Chronicle
    Loss highlights murky situation on closer: The lights had come back on much earlier in the day, but things remained murky at Tropicana Field, at least for the A's, who fell behind, took the lead and then failed to hang on. Oakland's unclear closer situation factored into the loss, with rookie Andrew...
  • May 22, 2009 - Seattle Times
    Athletics-Rays delayed by light failure: The game between the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday was delayed 19 minutes in the first inning because of a light failure at Tropicana Field.
  • May 21, 2009 - MLB.com
    Sweeney's sliding catch saves game: When B.J. Upton launched a pitch to left-center field in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday, the frenzied fans at Tropicana Field clearly assumed their Rays were about to tie the game.
  • May 21, 2009 - San Francisco Chronicle
    Sweeney's circus catch highlights A's win: In the scorebook, Brad Ziegler is credited with the save Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. Anyone who witnessed the game, though, knows the "S" should go to center fielder Ryan Sweeney. Sweeney preserved Brett Anderson's first major-league victory with...
  • May 20, 2009 - San Francisco Chronicle
    Holliday delivers in 11th for A's: Matt Holliday's season was one question mark after another. What was wrong? Where was his power? When would he become a real force? On Tuesday at Tropicana Field, the A's most high-profile acquisition of recent seasons delivered a mammoth hit in a big...
  • May 18, 2009 - MLB.com
    Hijinks extend beyond lineup gaffe: You know it's a strange day at the park when a manager is seemingly on the field as much as any player. Such was the case with Indians manager Eric Wedge in the midst of a bizarre afternoon at Tropicana Field, as the Tribe and Rays played a game that featured a lineup snafu, a questionable call by the umpires and a benches-clearing ... non-fracas.
  • May 7, 2009 - Boston Globe
    Green and Red Sox hit on all cylinders to beat Rays: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - With the lights dimmed over most of Tropicana Field, the playing surface looks innocuous. The stands are mute without the cowbells, home plate nonthreatening without Evan Longoria beside it. And yet, its unfriendly confines have yielded a strange sort of hope for the Red Sox on this their first of three trips here this season to ...
  • April 17, 2009 - Yahoo!
    Danks, Dye lift White Sox past Rays 3-2 (AP):

    <a href=Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Jenks, right, high-fives A.J. Pierzynski, left, and Paul Konerko after the White Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in a baseball game Thursday, April 16, 2009, in St. Petersburg, Fla." align="left" border="0">

    Ozzie Guillen doesn't know what it is about Tropicana Field. His Chicago White Sox just don't seem to be able to score a lot of runs in the domed stadium. Even on a night when they had 14 hits, including Jermaine Dye's two-run homer that highlighted a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. "It's hard to believe," Guillen said Thursday night, noting the problems his team had here last season, including...


  • April 16, 2009 - MLB.com
    Jeter secures winning trip for Yanks: Yankees fixtures Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera combined to bedevil the Rays in a 4-3 victory at Tropicana Field on Wednesday.
  • April 4, 2009 - MLB.com
    Upton eyes home opener for '09 debut: The Tampa Bay Rays open the 2009 regular season Monday at Boston. B.J. Upton's debut is likely to come exactly one week later against the Yankees on April 13 at Tropicana Field.
  • April 4, 2009 - Yahoo!
    MLB set for first full season of replay (AP): Hours before Game 1 of the World Series, a Major League Baseball official gazed at the catwalks above Tropicana Field and wondered: What if a high fly hits a beam, rattles around and two balls come tumbling down? To hear many fans tell it, they know what they'd want. Replay! Fresh from a rookie tryout last year, instant replay is a full-season feature in 2009.
  • April 4, 2009 - Sports Illustrated
    Poll: Fans want use of instant replay expanded: Hours before Game 1 of the World Series, a Major League Baseball official gazed at the catwalks above Tropicana Field and wondered: What if a high fly hits a beam, rattles around and two balls come tumbling down?
  • January 2, 2009 - Yahoo!
    7 suggested sites for new Rays ballpark (AP): A greyhound racing track and a former landfill are among seven suggested sites for a new Tampa Bay Rays ballpark. Each possible location is on the St. Petersburg side of the Tampa Bay. The current Tropicana Field area made the list, as did Progress Energy Park, a downtown spring-training stadium the team had hoped to develop into a major league stadium.
  • November 21, 2008 - Yahoo!
    Phillies 2B Utley may be out until May (AP):

    In this Oct. 21, 2008 photo, <a href=Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley loosens up during the team's practice at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Utley, who anchored the middle of the lineup for the World Series champion Phillies, will have surgery and may not be ready for the start of the 2009 regular season. " align="left" border="0">

    Three-time All-Star Chase Utley, who anchored the middle of the lineup for the World Series champion Phillies, will have surgery and may not be ready for the start of the 2009 regular season. Utley will have surgery next week to repair any bone or cartilage damage he may have in his right hip. He will be able to begin baseball activity in three to four months.


  • October 31, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Held at Bay: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Calmness pervaded the Phillies' clubhouse at Tropicana Field.That calmness had served them well this season in bad stretches, stretches when they kicked the ball around, fell asleep on the bases, made poor pitches, or couldn't pick up a clutch hit.
  • October 27, 2008 - MLB.com
    Kazmir prepared for do-or-die game: Shouldered with the awesome responsibility of sending the Fall Classic back to Tropicana Field in a rematch with his Game 1 opponent, the Phillies' Cole Hamels, Scott Kazmir said that he is ready to hold nothing back as he makes his final start of the season.
  • October 26, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Phils win wild Game 3: Charlie Manuel handed out rubber ducks to his players Monday at Tropicana Field to remind everybody to stay cool.That means you, too.
  • October 25, 2008 - MLB.com
    Much to love about Citizens Bank Park: After listing the 10 things we love about Tropicana Field, it is time to turn the World Series attention to Citizens Bank Park and its 1.15 million square feet of sapphire and green bliss. Here are 15 things we love about the Phillies' home, one for each year since the Fall Classic last came to town.
  • October 25, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Just relax, Manuel says: Charlie Manuel handed out rubber ducks to his players Monday at Tropicana Field to remind everybody to stay cool.That means you, too.
  • October 25, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Manuel: Everybody relax: Charlie Manuel handed out rubber ducks to his players Monday at Tropicana Field to remind everybody to stay cool.
  • October 25, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Manuel: OK - avoid Utley, pitch to Howard: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Go ahead, pitch to him.Phillies manager Charlie Manuel watched the Tampa Bay Rays intentionally walk Chase Utley to face Ryan Howard in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. Howard struck out looking to finish the night 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in a 3-2 victory.
  • October 24, 2008 - MLB.com
    New life for Rays after Game 2 victory: James Shields held the Phillies scoreless for 5 2/3 innings to lead the Rays to a 4-2 win on Thursday night at Tropicana Field in Game 2 of the World Series.
  • October 24, 2008 - MLB.com
    Rays find the right Price in the end: On Thursday night, Rays lefty David Price tossed the final 2 1/3 innings of Game 2 in front of a capacity crowd at Tropicana Field to secure the franchise's first World Series victory, a 4-2 decision against the Phillies.
  • October 24, 2008 - MLB.com
    Phillies content to go home with split: After a second evening of missed offensive chances, the Phillies lost, 4-2, to the Rays in Game 2 at cowbell-filled Tropicana Field. They'll jet out of the sun tied at a game apiece in the World Series, having reduced the Series to a best-of-five event.
  • October 24, 2008 - NY Times
    Cownose Rays Are Going to Need a Bigger Pool: At Tropicana Field, the 25 baseball players in the home uniform compete for attention with the 22 rays in a 10,000-gallon pool beyond right-center field.

  • October 24, 2008 - Associated Press
    Rays squeeze Phillies 4-2, tying World Series 1-1: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Squeeze plays, a wacky checked swing and a fresh face out of the bullpen. These plucky Tampa Bay Rays pulled out all their tricks at Tropicana Field to tie the World Series....
  • October 24, 2008 - Arizona Republic
    Rays squeeze Phillies to tie Series: These plucky Tampa Bay Rays pulled out all their tricks at Tropicana Field Thursday.
  • October 24, 2008 - San Francisco Chronicle
    Rays squeeze Phillies 4-2, tying World Series 1-1: Squeeze plays, a wacky checked swing and a fresh face out of the bullpen. These plucky Tampa Bay Rays pulled out all their tricks at Tropicana Field to tie the World Series. James Shields stymied the slumping Philadelphia Phillies, rookie David Price got the...
  • October 24, 2008 - Detroit News
    Rays squeeze out win: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Squeeze plays, a wacky checked swing and a fresh face out of the bullpen. These plucky Rays pulled out all their tricks at Tropicana Field to tie the World Series.
  • October 24, 2008 - Detroit News
    Shields, Rays squeeze Phillies to tie World Series: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Squeeze plays, a wacky checked swing and a fresh face out of the bullpen. These plucky Tampa Bay Rays pulled out all their tricks at Tropicana Field to tie the World Series.
  • October 24, 2008 - Detroit News
    Rays squeeze out a victory, tie World Series at 1-1: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Squeeze plays, a wacky checked swing and a fresh face out of the bullpen. These plucky Tampa Bay Rays pulled out all their tricks at Tropicana Field to tie the World Series.
  • October 24, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Phillies struggle at plate in loss to Rays: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.– Calmness pervaded the Phillies' clubhouse last night at Tropicana Field.That calmness served them well this season when they went through bad stretches, stretches when they kicked the ball around, fell asleep on the bases, made poor pitches or couldn't pick up a clutch hit to save their lives. They hope that calmness helps them rebound from a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 of the World Series, which evened the best-of-seven series.
  • October 24, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Tropicana rooters are awful friendly: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - There's serenity in Tropicana Field just before the crowds arrive, like an arboretum where dreams are grown or a planetarium just before the stars begin to shine.
  • October 24, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Rays' Shields pitches just well enough: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - It was not his smoothest outing, but Tampa Bay Rays righthander James Shields lived up to his nickname of"Big Game" during last night's 4-2 win over the Phillies in Game 2 of the World Series at Tropicana Field.
  • October 24, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Split may not help too much: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Phillies should feel uncomfortable about splitting the first two games of the World Series against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.
  • October 24, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Phils blunder into Game 2 loss: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Last night, the Phillies were World Seriously sloppy.Maybe Brett Myers set the tone in the first inning of Game 2 at Tropicana Field, walking Tampa Bay's leadoff hitter.
  • October 24, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Phillies Notes: Manuel: OK - avoid Utley, pitch to Howard: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Go ahead, pitch to him.Phillies manager Charlie Manuel watched the Tampa Bay Rays intentionally walk Chase Utley to face Ryan Howard in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. Howard struck out looking to finish the night 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in a 3-2 victory.
  • October 23, 2008 - MLB.com
    Phillies begin Series quest with victory: Enduring deafening cowbell sounds clanging off Tropicana Field's walls, the Phillies pulled out a 3-2 win over the Rays on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the 2008 World Series.
  • October 23, 2008 - MLB.com
    Baseball Daily News: Oct. 23: The stat looms large. In 10 of the last 11 years, the team that has won the first game of the World Series has gone on to claim the title. And taking a big step forward are the Phillies, who secured a 3-2 victory over the Rays on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.
  • October 23, 2008 - MLB.com
    Rays in familiar spot after narrow loss: Cole Hamels gave the Phillies a quality start and received some early run support in a 3-2 victory over the Rays in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.
  • October 23, 2008 - MLB.com
    World Series arrives at Tropicana Field: A World Series has begun at Tropicana Field. Everyone here has to stop and think about that.
  • October 23, 2008 - MLB.com
    Pregame festivities celebrate rise: Tropicana Field appeared to be the unlikeliest of venues for Game 1 of the World Series when the 2008 season began, but on Wednesday night, a packed house of frenzied Rays fans rose to their feet to again salute this storybook year during a rousing pregame ceremony.
  • October 23, 2008 - MLB.com
    Chess Match: Victorino's dash ill-fated: A busy night full of plot twists tested two managers Wednesday night. Neither Charlie Manuel nor Joe Maddon had ever managed in the World Series before Game 1 at Tropicana Field, but neither really revealed himself as callow on baseball's biggest stage. As it turned out, one of the game's biggest decisions was made not by either manager but by a player on the field.
  • October 23, 2008 - Associated Press
    Hamels, Utley lead Phillies over Rays in opener: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Ryan Howard reached into the stands, stuck his glove into a cluster of fans and caught a foul pop for a key out. Yes, Tropicana Field was filled with World Series rookies on and off the field....
  • October 23, 2008 - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
    World Series a chance at greatness for two lovable losers:

    The Philadelphia Phillies had been around 115 years by the time the Tampa Bay Rays played their first game in 1998. But the two are linked by a history of losing: The Phillies are the only team with 10,000 losses, while the Rays never won more than 70 games in a season until this year. Now the Rays are four wins from matching the Phillies lone World Series title.

  • October 23, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Phillies Notes: Chris Coste gets his shot: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Welcome back, Chris Coste.Coste has been a hard man to find this postseason. He had just one at-bat in the playoffs before he found himself in the Phillies' lineup last night for Game 1 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
  • October 23, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Struggles at the plate not fatal: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The high-wire Phillies tempted fate and won again last night.They went 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position, usually the first step to a painful loss. Instead, the Phillies ground out just enough offense to defeat Tampa Bay, 3-2, at Tropicana Field in the opener of the World Series.
  • October 23, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    You can't beat perfection: Lidge nails it shut again: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Phillies' unenclosed bullpen, midway between third base and the left-field wall in Tropicana Field's spacious foul ground, gave Brad Lidge a perfect vantage point for the last innings of Game 1 of the World Series.
  • October 23, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Rays' Zobrist excited to get first preseason start: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tampa Bay Rays utility player Ben Zobrist received welcome news when he arrived at Tropicana Field about four hours before last night's Game 1 of the World Series.
  • October 23, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Utley gets Phils off to a winning start: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Charlie Manuel had a feeling it might take a couple of at-bats last night at Tropicana Field for the Phillies to feel comfortable in their World Series surroundings.
  • October 23, 2008 - ESPN.com
    MLB: New park for AL champion Rays a must have: Even before Tropicana Field hosted its first World Series game, Major League Baseball insisted the Tampa Bay Rays must get a new stadium.
  • October 22, 2008 - MLB.com
    Hamels unfazed by first Series start: Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, who is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in the postseason, is stepping on to the big stage against Rays left-hander Scott Kazmir in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. And the youngster is not fazed about pitching in his first World Series.
  • October 22, 2008 - MLB.com
    Performers set for first two WS games: Multi-platinum pop group Backstreet Boys will sing the national anthem before Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.
  • October 22, 2008 - MLB.com
    Kazmir headlines Fall Classic rotation: Manager Joe Maddon announced Tuesday that Scott Kazmir will be the club's starting pitcher in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field, followed by James Shields in Game 2 on Thursday.
  • October 22, 2008 - MLB.com
    Lidge, Wheeler reunite as rivals in WS: Brad Lidge and Dan Wheeler met in the weight room at Tropicana Field on Tuesday and said very little as they embraced and congratulated each other -- two old friends, old teammates, and now, beginning this week, new rivals.
  • October 22, 2008 - Associated Press
    On the prowl: Crazy catwalks at top of the Trop: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Stairs looked toward the roof at Tropicana Field and took aim at a familiar target....
  • October 22, 2008 - Boston Globe
    While Crisp warmed, Ellsbury stayed cool: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - DeMarlo Hale sidled up to Jacoby Ellsbury before Saturday night's Game 6 of the American League Championship Series at Tropicana Field, trying to gauge Ellsbury emotions. Hale, the Red Sox outfielders coach, knows Ellsbury better than anyone on the coaching staff.
  • October 22, 2008 - Boston Globe
    End of the line: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Red Sox had come down here saying that, through all these miracles and moments, they were fortunate. They were spoiled. They had done the impossible, and then done it again. But there, on the turf of Tropicana Field, was where it would end for this season. As far as they had returned from the depths, ...
  • October 22, 2008 - Boston Globe
    As Sox cleanup hitter, Youkilis a smash hit: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - It's getting harder to tell whether Rays fans are booing Kevin Youkilis when he steps to the plate at Tropicana Field, or if Red Sox supporters are simply screaming his familiar nickname. It's likely an indecipherable mix.
  • October 22, 2008 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Rays: The outsiders: In the big picture, the Cinderella-ish Tampa Bay Rays shouldn't be considered underdogs at all when the World Series begins tonight at Tropicana Field.
  • October 22, 2008 - San Francisco Chronicle
    Keys to World (Series) domination: World Series matchups Phillies will win if -- They adjust to playing on artificial turf, something they haven't done this season. Their last visit to Tropicana Field, where catching a popup can be adventurous, was 2001. Only Jimmy Rollins and Pat Burrell...
  • October 22, 2008 - Detroit News
    Rays-Phillies worth seeing: It's going to be an excellent World Series, one in which several times you'll say,"Why can't the Tigers get pitchers like that?"And in the end, as they did in the American League Championship Series, the Rays will prevail with their stable of young arms. They'll also have the advantage of an extra game at home, courtesy of the AL's victory in the All-Star Game. With the noise level at Tropicana Field, that could be a distinct advantage.
  • October 22, 2008 - Seattle Times
    On the prowl: Crazy catwalks at top of the Trop: Matt Stairs looked toward the roof at Tropicana Field and took aim at a familiar target.
  • October 22, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Manuel still undecided on Phillies' DH: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The homefield advantage the Tampa Bay Rays will have when the World Series opens at Tropicana Field includes a translucent roof of Teflon-covered fiberglass that can make it difficult for outfielders unfamiliar with its quirks to pick up fly balls.
  • October 22, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Phils know meaning of true suffering: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tropicana Field isn't much to look at, either within or without, and until this season, it was an improbable setting for a World Series. But baseball, a game replete with probabilities and statistics, is most interesting for the things that happen unexpectedly.
  • October 22, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Of baseball stadiums past, present and pitiful: 2002: The best part about the demise of Veterans Stadium, where the Phils played from 1971 to 2003, was that Philadelphians can now speak about Tropicana Field with a smug condescension.
  • October 22, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    John Smallwood: World Series gives African-American players chance to step up: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The image was shown throughout the nation.Tampa Bay pitcher David Price celebrating on the mound at Tropicana Field after the Rays had eliminated the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series to advance to the 104th World Series.
  • October 22, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Fox duo in the hunt for dynamic World Series: If you aren't sick yet of the cowbells, the artificial turf, the mockery of a baseball park that is Tropicana Field, the glove-flapping of pitcher Matt Garza and those Clark Kent glasses worn by manager Joe Maddon, you probably will be soon.
  • October 22, 2008 - Yahoo!
    Kazmir, Hamels linked since high school (AP):

    Grounds crews paint the 2008 <a href=World Series logo on the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008. The Philadelphia Phillies will meet the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday, Oct. 22. " align="left" border="0">

    Scott Kazmir was selected 15th overall in the 2002 amateur draft and Cole Hamels went No. 17. A pair of high school lefties, both brimming with promise. The comparisons were inevitable. Six years later, Kazmir and Hamels are certainly fulfilling those lofty expectations. They're set to square off on baseball's biggest stage Wednesday night when the worst-to-first Tampa Bay Rays host Philadelphia in...


  • October 21, 2008 - MLB.com
    Rollins: 'It's about being a champion': Given the choice between a Hall of Fame career or World Series ring, Jimmy Rollins will accept the latter."I'd rather win,"he said, after his team completed the first of two Tropicana Field workouts Monday.
  • October 21, 2008 - NY Times
    Phillies Check Out Tropicana Field: Manager Charlie Manuel held a workout a day before Tuesday’s mandatory session to introduce the Phillies to the peculiarities of Tropicana Field.

  • October 21, 2008 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    How did the Rays do it?: A franchise that had won as many as 70 games only once and had the second-lowest payroll ($43.8 million) in the majors this season will open the World Series at Tropicana Field.
  • October 21, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Phillies Notebook: Phillies arrive early to learn quirks of Tropicana Field: ST. PETERSBURG Fla. - This just in: Tropicana Field ain't your ordinary ballpark. The Phillies realized this, which is why they wanted to arrive in town yesterday, 2 days before the start of their World Series showdown against Tampa Bay.
  • October 21, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Dick Vitale livin' the dream, baby, with Rays in World Series: Dick Vitale has been a Tampa Bay Rays season ticketholder since they started playing baseball in front of all those empty seats at Tropicana Field and losing all those games.
  • October 21, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Phillies keeping things loose before World Series: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - We'll start with the ducks. During the Phillies' 2-hour workout at Tropicana Field yesterday, an unknown member of the club placed a rubber duck in the locker of each player. These weren't your normal Bert-and-Ernie rubber ducks. Each one was uniquely colored, patterned with various designs. Designer rubber ducks. Jimmy Rollins' duck sported what appeared to be a fake diamond.
  • October 21, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Phillies know to stay loose: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Phillies gathered as a group near third base yesterday afternoon at Tropicana Field, where bench coach Jimy Williams pointed toward the white roof and four catwalks that encircle it.
  • October 21, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Kazmir looking like Rays' Game 1 starter: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon wanted to wait another day to announce his starting pitcher for Game 1 of the World Series against the Phillies tomorrow at Tropicana Field.
  • October 21, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Field of dreams? Sorry, not quite: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tropicana Field will not be confused with the most beautiful ballparks in baseball.In fact, there is some debate about whether Tropicana is better or worse than Olympic Stadium in Montreal, which had deteriorated by the time the Expos left Montreal for Washington after the 2004 season. Nevertheless, the park is a tremendous home-field a
  • October 20, 2008 - MLB.com
    ALCS Game 7 tidbits: Along with some interesting facts in Game 7 of the ALCS at Tropicana Field, the Red Sox and Rays made some Major League history.
  • October 20, 2008 - MLB.com
    Rays savoring next playoff challenge: Come Wednesday, the center of the baseball universe will revolve under the white roof and catwalks of Tropicana Field, as the Tampa Bay Rays host the Philadelphia Phillies to open the 2008 World Series.
  • October 20, 2008 - NY Times
    Red Sox 4, Rays 2: Streak Extended, Red Sox Push Rays to the Limit: The resilient Red Sox avoided elimination once again by stifling the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the A.L.C.S. at Tropicana Field.

  • October 20, 2008 - NY Times
    A Dome’s Quirkiness Has No Ceiling: Of all the transformations that have taken place here in Tampa Bay, few are more striking than Tropicana Field going from a pit to the Pit.

  • October 20, 2008 - Pittsburg Post-Gazette
    MLB Notebook: Umpire misses Game 7 with bruised collarbone: Injured umpire Derryl Cousins did not work Game 7 of the American League Championship Series last night at Tropicana Field in St.
  • October 20, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Phillies' LaMar had hand in Rays' success: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Chuck LaMar sat behind home plate at Tropicana Field, greeted by one well-wisher after another last night before Game 6 of the American League Championship Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox.
  • October 18, 2008 - Yahoo!
    Young Rays expect to rebound in ALCS (AP):

    <a href=Boston Red Sox infielder Dusitn Pedroia laughs during a workout at Tropicana Field Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Boston plays the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday in Game Six of the ALCS. The Rays did not work out Friday. " align="left" border="0">

    The young, resilient Tampa Bay Rays are confident they have what it takes to close out Boston in the AL championship series. In fact, they find it humorous anyone would believe the team's psyche might have been irreparably damaged when the Red Sox kept their pennant hopes alive with the second-biggest comeback in postseason history.


  • October 18, 2008 - MLB.com
    Red Sox force decisive Game 7: Two days after pulling out that astounding and historic comeback that earned them this ticket to Tropicana Field for Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, the Red Sox had no desire for such stress-inflicted heroics.
  • October 18, 2008 - MLB.com
    Upton ties AL mark with seventh homer: The Rays continued their power play in the ALCS on Saturday, thanks to another home run from B.J. Upton, whose first-inning drive off the catwalk at Tropicana Field in Game 6.
  • October 18, 2008 - MLB.com
    No time to dwell on loss for Rays: The Red Sox beat the Rays, 4-2, on Saturday night at Tropicana Field in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series to force a deciding Game 7 on Sunday night with the winner advancing to the World Series.
  • October 18, 2008 - NY Times
    Dome Is Part Ballpark, Part Pinball Machine: In quirky Tropicana Field, batted balls that go up do not always come down, and some that strike the roof can be in play.

  • October 18, 2008 - San Francisco Chronicle
    Rays' Shields credits cousin Rowand for helping his career: When James Shields takes the mound at Tropicana Field tonight with a chance to get the Rays into the World Series, one of the Giants will be watching avidly. Shields' cousin is Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand - and Shields, Tampa Bay's most consistent...
  • October 15, 2008 - ESPN.com
    Rays pulling tarp off upper-deck seats at the Trop: The nosebleed seats in the upper deck of Tropicana Field will no longer be draped in blue when the Tampa Bay Rays come back home -- they'll hold fans.
  • October 12, 2008 - MLB.com
    Wheeler the rock of prevailing 'pen: A combined seven home runs flew out of play Saturday night at Tropicana Field. The back-and-forth nature of the offense played a role for both managers, Joe Maddon and Terry Francona, in keeping their starters in longer, hoping they could hold onto their newfound leads -- but each skipper turned to relief in the fifth.
  • October 12, 2008 - Boston Globe
    Early on, quite a blast: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Scott Kazmir, to go with the case of whiplash all the balls flying over his head caused, might have endured a case of déjà vu. Last month, when the Red Sox last thrashed their way through one of his starts, he allowed four home runs at Tropicana Field, and the Sox hit six total.
  • October 12, 2008 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Rays knot ALCS with 11-inning thriller: St. Petersburg, Fla. - Those who ventured to Tropicana Field expecting to see a pitching duel Saturday night between...
  • October 11, 2008 - MLB.com
    Missed chances haunt Rays: The Red Sox took a 2-0 win over the Rays on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 35,001 at Tropicana Field to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series.
  • October 11, 2008 - MLB.com
    Kazmir continues to shadow Beckett: Scott Kazmir's career was intertwined with Josh Beckett in some way or another long before he arrived in the big leagues. Now that they're matched up for Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night at Tropicana Field, the comparisons are inescapable.
  • October 11, 2008 - Boston Globe
    This observer thrown changeup: Welcome to Arena Baseball, also known as the American League Championship Series at Tropicana Field.
  • October 11, 2008 - Boston Globe
    Shields's outing goes to waste: Oh, the wasteful practices the Rays exhibited in last night's 2-0 loss to the Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. They left the FieldTurf surface at Tropicana Field littered with opportunities to score runs for their starting pitcher, James Shields, who absorbed the loss after allowing just two runs on six ...
  • October 11, 2008 - Boston Globe
    Kazmir knows about this foe: He's in foreign waters with this American League Championship Series stuff, but Scott Kazmir will be surrounded by familiar faces when he takes the mound in tonight's Game 2 at Tropicana Field. His Tampa Bay teammates and a home crowd? Well, sure, but there will be the matter of the opposition.
  • October 11, 2008 - Boston Globe
    Rays of optimism for Tampa: Cowbells are everywhere inside Tropicana Field. The Rays insist there's no reason to add panic buttons.
  • October 10, 2008 - MLB.com
    Big games, and an identity, for the Trop: After a decade at the bottom of the American League East, the Rays -- and Tropicana Field -- will host the biggest game in franchise history with Friday night's AL Championship Series opener. And the club's newfound electricity at home is something the players and their cowbell-clacking fans don't take lightly.
  • October 10, 2008 - Boston Globe
    He's taking a big turn: Although he wasn't at his best during his start in Game 2 of the Division Series against the Angels, Daisuke Matsuzaka hopes to give the Red Sox the upper hand tonight against the Rays in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series at Tropicana Field.
  • October 10, 2008 - Boston Globe
    Consensus: There's no place like dome: Tropicana Field is a little different; beloved by some, derided by many, a place where cheerleaders dance on dugouts, mascots race golf carts, cowbells clang, catwalks hang, balls go up and sometimes never come down, rock music induces headaches, and live Cownose rays swim just beyond center field. They play baseball there, too.
  • October 9, 2008 - NY Times
    Sports Business: A Home in Florida That Nobody Seems to Want: Tropicana Field is an antique that does not draw adequate attendance or generate substantial revenues, and the Tampa Bay Rays want a new stadium.

  • October 8, 2008 - MLB.com
    Sox, Rays defended home turf in 2008: For four months, the Red Sox and Rays battled to a close race in the American League East by defending their home turf. The Rays won out down the stretch with a pair of key victories at Fenway Park and an almost perfect record at Tropicana Field.
  • October 7, 2008 - MLB.com
    Sonnanstine earns Rays' biggest win: He has silenced Red Sox bats at Fenway Park, beaten the Yankees in the Bronx and tossed a complete-game shutout at home at Tropicana Field, but Andy Sonnanstine's biggest win came Monday, when he kept the White Sox at bay for the Rays to clinch the ALDS.
  • October 3, 2008 - MLB.com
    First foray into playoffs a win for Rays: Evan Longoria led a 6-4 Rays win over the White Sox Thursday afternoon in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. A raucous sellout crowd of 35,041 at Tropicana Field watched as the rookie hit home runs in his first two at-bats, as the nerves of a young team never showed.
  • October 3, 2008 - MLB.com
    Rays loving their home dome: Baseball's new superpower, the Rays, showed their strength in Thursday night's 6-4 victory over the White Sox. And Chicago became a little bit more familiar with the increasingly important kryptonite for teams opposing the Rays: Tropicana Field.
  • October 3, 2008 - Seattle Times
    Rested Rays ready for playoff test: Fresh legs and arms on one side, experience and momentum on the other. The Tampa Bay Rays rested while the Chicago White Sox worked overtime to secure a playoff berth. No one can be sure what that will mean when their AL division series begins Thursday at Tropicana Field.
  • October 2, 2008 - MLB.com
    Game 1: Rays rested; White Sox tested: As they get ready to begin their ALDS on Thursday at Tropicana Field, the White Sox are riding the momentum of three must-wins while the Rays are trying to stay sharp.
  • October 2, 2008 - MLB.com
    Trop set to make postseason debut: While talk has ceased about whether the AL East champion Rays are for real, Tropicana Field is a different story. The artificial turf and white ceiling are common criticisms, but the four catwalks that hang from the ceiling are arguably the biggest nuance of the dome.
  • October 2, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    Well-rested Rays await first test: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Fresh legs and arms on one side, experience and momentum on the other.The Tampa Bay Rays rested while the Chicago White Sox worked overtime to secure a playoff berth. No one can be sure what that will mean when their AL division series begins today at Tropicana Field.
  • October 2, 2008 - Yahoo!
    Rested Rays open ALDS versus White Sox (AP): Fresh legs and arms on one side, experience and momentum on the other. The Tampa Bay Rays rested while the Chicago White Sox worked overtime to secure a playoff berth. No one can be sure what that will mean when their AL division series begins Thursday at Tropicana Field. "I don't think there's any advantage to the way they got here," Rays manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday.
  • October 1, 2008 - MLB.com
    With ALDS set, Rays ready for White Sox: The Rays will face the White Sox in the ALDS, after Chicago won a tiebreaker for the AL Central crown on Tuesday. Game 1 is set for 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday at Tropicana Field.
  • October 1, 2008 - MLB.com
    Crawford expected to play in ALDS: Carl Crawford went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored in an instructional league game on Tuesday afternoon at Tropicana Field -- and assuming all goes well in Wednesday's workout -- the Rays are expected to have Crawford back for the first round of the postseason.
  • October 1, 2008 - Associated Press
    Rays turn kooky stadium into home-field advantage: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- James Shields listens to horror stories about Tropicana Field, shrugs his shoulders and smiles....
  • October 1, 2008 - Arizona Republic
    Rays right at home in the 'Pit': James Shields listens to horror stories about Tropicana Field, shrugs his shoulders and smiles.
  • October 1, 2008 - Seattle Times
    Rays turn kooky stadium into home-field advantage: James Shields listens to horror stories about Tropicana Field, shrugs his shoulders and smiles.
  • September 30, 2008 - MLB.com
    Crawford plays in instructional game: Trying to prove he's healthy enough to be on the Rays' playoff roster, Carl Crawford played in an instructional league game at Tropicana Field on Monday.
  • September 22, 2008 - MLB.com
    Twins take finale against Rays: The Twins viewed Sunday's series finale against the Rays as a must-win. Their postseason aspirations were still intact following a 4-1 win over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.
  • September 19, 2008 - MLB.com
    Longoria ties mark with three taters: It didn't matter who the Twins sent to the hill on Thursday night, Rays rookie Evan Longoria had their number. Longoria blasted three home runs off three different Minnesota pitchers in Tampa Bay's series opener at Tropicana Field.
  • September 18, 2008 - MLB.com
    Aybar leads way in Rays' rout: The Rays topped off their biggest series of the season Wednesday night with a 10-3 win over the Red Sox in front of a sellout crowd of 36,048 at Tropicana Field.
  • September 17, 2008 - Boston Globe
    Drop kick: Justin Masterson let the ball fly, hoping it would stay down, watching for the anticipated ground out. The ball didn't cooperate. Dioner Navarro didn't either, lifting the wayward sinker to center field, over Coco Crisp's head. Long before the ball hit the Tropicana Field turf, Navarro raised his arms above his head as Jason Bartlett rushed ...
  • September 17, 2008 - Boston Globe
    With rise of Rays, Sox fans no longer at home in Fla.: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Penciling in a scorecard as he sat in Row X near the left field foul pole, Mike Van Hoven of Bradenton, Fla., watched the ballgame play out at Tropicana Field as he listened to a whole different contest: a deafening vocal battle between Red Sox and Rays fans.
  • September 17, 2008 - Boston Globe
    First night: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - By the time the Red Sox had finally been retired in the fourth inning, hives had broken out among the denizens of Rays Nation. Or would have, if there were such a thing, with Tropicana Field having been taken over as usual by Red Sox fans even in the heat of a playoff chase in Florida.
  • September 3, 2008 - MLB.com
    Instant replay goes off without a hitch: Major League Baseball used instant replay for the first time on Wednesday, reviewing a home run hit by the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez at Tropicana Field. The original call of a home run was upheld after the review.
  • September 3, 2008 - MLB.com
    Instant replay used for first time: History was made at Tropicana Field on Wednesday night when instant replay was used for the first time in Major League history. The play in question was a home run hit by Alex Rodriguez in the ninth inning of the Rays-Yankees contest.
  • September 3, 2008 - MLB.com
    Instant message: Yanks not done: Three games into a four-city, 10-game trip across the continent, the Bombers are off to a good start. Alex Rodriguez drove in four runs to pace a Yankees club that outplayed the Rays on Wednesday at Tropicana Field, posting an 8-4 victory and keeping its postseason hopes breathing for another day.
  • August 30, 2008 - MLB.com
    Instant replay debuts at Tropicana Field: Instant replay made its Major League debut in 12 stadiums on Friday night, including the Rays' own Tropicana Field.
  • August 27, 2008 - MLB.com
    Halladay, Jays take opener from Rays: Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay shook off some recent struggles against the Rays, spinning a solid performance to lead Toronto to a 6-2 victory on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
  • August 21, 2008 - MLB.com
    Crawford hopeful about return to Rays: Carl Crawford wore a cast and brought along a positive outlook to Tropicana Field in his first appearance since undergoing finger surgery on Aug. 14.
  • August 19, 2008 - MLB.com
    Angels waiting for Tuesday's plan: With Tropical Storm Fay on the way, manager Mike Scioscia and his Angels tried to settle in as comfortably as possible on Monday with the hopes of getting in three games against the Rays in a showdown of American League division leaders at Tropicana Field.
  • August 19, 2008 - USA Today
    Rays stop Angels for 8th win in 10 games despite Upton gaffe: B.J. Upton slipped away from Tropicana Field without speaking to reporters, leaving others to answer questions about another baserunning gaffe that overshadowed a big Tampa Bay victory.

  • August 19, 2008 - USA Today
    Rays hope to play Tuesday's game as Fay nears: The Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels were holding out hope that their game scheduled for Tuesday night at Tropicana Field will not be postponed because of Tropical Storm Fay.

  • August 19, 2008 - San Francisco Chronicle
    Rays stop Angels for eighth win in 10 games: B.J. Upton slipped away from Tropicana Field without speaking to reporters, leaving others to answer questions about another baserunning gaffe that overshadowed a big Tampa Bay victory. The first-place Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-4 Monday night, but...
  • August 19, 2008 - Houston Chronicle
    AL: Upton’s baserunning miscue spoils Rays’ win: B.J. Upton slipped away from Tropicana Field without speaking to reporters, leaving others to answer questions about another baserunning gaffe that overshadowed a big Tampa Bay victory.
  • August 19, 2008 - Yahoo!
    Upton's gaffe puts damper on Rays' win (AP):

    Los Angeles <a href=Angels' Garret Anderson races home to score on a sixth-inning sacrifice fly by Juan Rivera off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Andy Sonnanstine during a baseball game Monday Aug. 18, 2008 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Anderson extended his hitting streak to 21 games, but the Rays won 6-4. " align="left" border="0">

    B.J. Upton slipped away from Tropicana Field without speaking to reporters, leaving others to answer questions about another baserunning gaffe that overshadowed a big Tampa Bay victory. The first-place Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-4 Monday night, but the postgame buzz was more about Upton getting caught jogging on the bases again instead of the AL East leaders improving to 5-2 against the...


  • August 6, 2008 - MLB.com
    Record needed for Rays to top Tribe: After five straight losses to Cleveland this season, it was only fitting it would take a record and a slew of arms for the Rays to finally come up on the right side of Tuesday's 8-4 win at Tropicana Field.
  • August 6, 2008 - Detroit News
    Lynn Henning: Next year should be better for Tigers: Sunday's sequence of scenes and events at Tropicana Field were, for a guy who has covered Tigers teams for the better part of 34 years, unprecedented in how baseball and human behavior sometimes converge like sparks and gasoline.
  • August 5, 2008 - MLB.com
    Resilient Lee first AL pitcher to 15 wins: Riding a strong, if not efficient, outing from Cliff Lee and some power from some unlikely sources, the Tribe remained perfect against the Rays with a 5-2 victory at Tropicana Field on Monday night.
  • August 4, 2008 - MLB.com
    Pena draws game-winning walk in 10th: A back-and-forth game saw the last team to hit win. Fortunately for the Rays, they were the home team on Sunday as they took a 6-5 win over the Tigers in front of a crowd of 33,438 at Tropicana Field.
  • August 4, 2008 - Detroit News
    Tigers'costly slide gets started as Farnsworth stumbles: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla . -- Jim Leyland was so furious, so beyond words, he could only spit a statement at media who shuffled into his morgue of an office following the Tigers'6-5 loss to the Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
  • August 3, 2008 - MLB.com
    Rays win fourth straight behind offense: Playing in front of their sixth sellout crowd of the season, the Rays took a 9-3 win over the Tigers at Tropicana Field.
  • August 2, 2008 - MLB.com
    Rays' bullpen preserves win at Trop: Dan Wheeler executed his plan, getting Gary Sheffield to ground out to shortstop Jason Bartlett to end the seventh inning and lead to a 5-2 win for the Rays in front of a crowd of 26,403 at Tropicana Field.
  • July 24, 2008 - MLB.com
    Shields continues to eat innings in wins: Jonny Gomes and Ben Zobrist led the Rays' offense while James Shields gave a quality start in a 4-3 win over the A's on Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field.
  • July 23, 2008 - MLB.com
    Hannahan's homer helps A's snap skid: Jack Hannahan's three-run homer in the fourth inning Tuesday helped the A's snap their longest losing streak of the season with a 8-1 victory over the host Rays in the second game of a three-game series at Tropicana Field.
  • July 8, 2008 - MLB.com
    Homers by Buck, Aviles lift Royals: In a series dominated by lucky breaks and balls bouncing in the way of Tampa Bay, the Royals finally stole some momentum on Monday afternoon, as back-to-back home runs sealed a 7-4 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
  • July 7, 2008 - MLB.com
    Seven in a row for surging Rays: Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria led the offense while James Shields led the pitching in a 9-2 Rays win over the Royals on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.
  • July 5, 2008 - MLB.com
    No letdown for Rays on Fourth of July: The Rays dared not disrespect the Royals on Friday, they just jumped on them early and never let up in an 11-2 Fourth of July win at Tropicana Field.
  • July 3, 2008 - Boston Globe
    Rivalry second to none even if teams aren't: When the New York writer arrived here Tuesday, he could be found not only in the visitors' clubhouse at Tropicana Field. He also wandered over to the Rays' side. After all, Tampa Bay faces the Yankees after Boston does. And it's the Rays who sit atop the American League East.
  • July 2, 2008 - Boston Globe
    Knuckle sandwich: A man claiming to be a Red Sox fan called a Tampa area radio station yesterday morning, complaining about the rude behavior he'd encountered the night before at Tropicana Field. Rays fans took one look at the Dustin Pedroia jersey he was wearing, the man said, and taunted him when the Sox lost. Oh, the humanity.
  • July 1, 2008 - MLB.com
    Rays edge Sox in thriller, remain in first: Despite carrying a six-game winning streak against the Rays into Monday night's game, the defending World Series champion Red Sox could not break serve against the Rays, so once again the home team prevailed with a 5-4 win in front of a crowd of 34,145 at Tropicana Field.
  • June 23, 2008 - Houston Chronicle
    Astros top Rays in finale, win 1st series since May: Jose Valverde returned to his role as closer this afternoon and shut the door on the Tampa Bay Rays in a 3-2 Astros win in the series finale at Tropicana Field.
  • June 21, 2008 - MLB.com
    Onus on Oswalt as he stops slide: Having survived a three-week stretch during which anything that could go wrong did, the Astros finally caught a break. They beat the Rays Friday night at Tropicana Field by a score of 4-3, with all cylinders clicking.
  • June 20, 2008 - MLB.com
    Zambrano to miss start Tuesday: Having survived a three-week stretch during which anything that could go wrong did, the Astros finally caught a break. They beat the Rays Friday night at Tropicana Field by a score of 4-3, with all cylinders clicking.
  • June 19, 2008 - USA Today
    Longoria's bat, glove help Rays top Cubs 3-2: Cliff Floyd and Evan Longoria hit solo home runs Tuesday night, helping the Tampa Bay Rays spoil Lou Piniella's return to Tropicana Field with a 3-2 victory against the Chicago Cubs.

  • June 19, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    In American League Ballparks: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Cliff Floyd and Evan Longoria hit solo home runs last night, helping the Tampa Bay Rays spoil Lou Piniella's return to Tropicana Field with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
  • June 18, 2008 - MLB.com
    Fans out in droves in win over Cubs: Tampa Bay's relievers kept the Cubs' bats at bay throughout the game's entire second half, anchoring a 3-2 win in the series opener on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
  • June 18, 2008 - NY Times
    Rays 3, Cubs 2: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Cliff Floyd and Evan Longoria hit solo home runs Tuesday night, helping the Tampa Bay Rays spoil Lou Piniella's return to Tropicana Field with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

  • June 18, 2008 - Houston Chronicle
    Home runs by Floyd, Longoria lift Rays past Cubs 3-2: Cliff Floyd and Evan Longoria hit solo home runs Tuesday night, helping the Tampa Bay Rays spoil Lou Piniella's return to Tropicana Field with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
  • June 18, 2008 - Philadelphia Daily News
    With 2 solo shots, Rays nip Cubs: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Cliff Floyd and Evan Longoria hit solo home runs last night, helping the Tampa Bay Rays spoil Lou Piniella's return to Tropicana Field with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
  • June 17, 2008 - MLB.com
    Rays' bullpen shuts down Cubs: Tampa Bay's relievers kept the Cubs' bats at bay throughout the game's entire second half, anchoring a 3-2 win in the series opener on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
  • June 17, 2008 - San Francisco Chronicle
    Floyd, Longoria homer to help Rays split with Cubs: Cliff Floyd and Evan Longoria hit solo home runs Tuesday night, helping the Tampa Bay Rays spoil Lou Piniella's return to Tropicana Field with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Floyd's shot to right field off Ryan Dempster traveled an estimated 429 feet....
  • June 16, 2008 - MLB.com
    Boston has winning powerball ticket: While home runs continue to be the straw that stirs the drink for the Marlins, young starter Ricky Nolasco's career-high eight 2/3 innings and 12 strikeouts certainly didn't hurt. It was the rare combination of the yin and the yang that saw the Marlins cruise to a 9-3, complete team victory, over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
  • June 16, 2008 - MLB.com
    Nolasco brilliant in series finale win: While home runs continue to be the straw that stirs the drink for the Marlins, young starter Ricky Nolasco's career-high eight 2/3 innings and 12 strikeouts certainly didn't hurt. It was the rare combination of the yin and the yang that saw the Marlins cruise to a 9-3, complete team victory, over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
  • June 15, 2008 - MLB.com
    Rays take control of Citrus Series: Matt Garza's pitching led to a 4-1 Rays win over the Marlins on Saturday night at Tropicana Field. Garza earned his fifth win of the season after holding the Marlins to one run on three hits and a walk in seven innings of work.
  • June 14, 2008 - MLB.com
    Rays slug way to victory over Marlins: The Rays rode a steady flow of offense to a 7-3 win over the Marlins on Friday night at Tropicana Field. Andy Sonnanstine started for the Rays worked 5 1/3 innings to pick up his seventh win of the season.
  • June 14, 2008 - MLB.com
    Cuddyer exits with bruised right hand: Matt Garza's pitching led to a 4-1 Rays win over the Marlins on Saturday night at Tropicana Field. Garza earned his fifth win of the season after holding the Marlins to one run on three hits and a walk in seven innings of work.
  • June 5, 2008 - Boston Globe
    Tampa's improvement raising level of rivalry: It used to be the mercury of a series against the Tampa Bay Rays had little or no movement on the Red Sox Nation thermometer. The best thing about such a series was that it gave Red Sox fans an excuse to fly to Florida and take in a game at Tropicana Field, where it was easy to get tickets. ...
  • May 30, 2008 - MLB.com
    Danks helps Sox slow upstart Rays: Paul Konerko went deep for the first time since April 27, Joe Crede added his ninth home run and John Danks held the Rays at bay for six innings during the White Sox 5-1 victory on Thursday night in St. Petersburg. The first battle of first-place teams in the history of Tropicana Field went to the South Siders.
  • May 30, 2008 - USA Today
    White Sox beat Rays in battle of streaking squads: While the Tampa Bay Rays have been the hottest team in baseball, the Chicago White Sox haven't exactly been slouches. The AL Central leaders won the first-ever game at Tropicana Field between teams in sole possession of first place in their divisions Thursday night, cooling off the AL East-leading Rays 5-1 before of a crowd of 12,636.

  • May 30, 2008 - San Francisco Chronicle
    Crede, Konerko homer to power ChiSox past Rays 5-1: While the Tampa Bay Rays have been the hottest team in baseball, the Chicago White Sox haven't exactly been slouches. The AL Central leaders won the first-ever game at Tropicana Field between teams in sole possession of first place in their divisions Thursday...
  • May 29, 2008 - MLB.com
    Garza leads Rays to series win: The Rays scored four runs in the fifth inning en route to a 5-3 win over the Rangers on Wednesday afternoon in front of a crowd of 10,927 at Tropicana Field.
  • May 27, 2008 - MLB.com
    Kazmir fires on all cylinders: On Monday night, Scott Kazmir made his fifth start of the season and had everything firing in the right direction while leading the Rays to a 7-3 win over the Rangers at Tropicana Field.
  • May 27, 2008 - MLB.com
    Berkman enjoying fruits of labor: Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton has been looking forward to going fishing for awhile, and that's what he sees as being significant about the Rangers' three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays that starts Monday at Tropicana Field. Others might see it differently.
  • May 26, 2008 - MLB.com
    Longoria lifts Rays to walk-off win: Evan Longoria's double in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Rays a 5-4 walk-off win over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field in front of a crowd of 17,762.
  • May 26, 2008 - MLB.com
    Hamilton to play Rays for first time: Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton has been looking forward to going fishing for awhile, and that's what he sees as being significant about the Rangers' three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays that starts Monday at Tropicana Field. Others might see it differently.
  • May 24, 2008 - MLB.com
    Garza guides Rays to win over O's: Matt Garza pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings to lead the Rays to a 2-0 win over the Orioles on Friday night in front of a crowd of 13,635 at Tropicana Field.
  • May 15, 2008 - MLB.com
    Girardi holds closed-door meeting: Joe Girardi held the first closed-door meeting of his Yankees managerial tenure on Wednesday, addressing his team for about 30 minutes before the club's game against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
  • May 13, 2008 - MLB.com
    Rays roll to 10th straight home victory: Matt Garza tossed a season-high seven shutout frames Monday, earning his first home win and pitching the Rays to their 10th straight at Tropicana Field, 7-1, over the Yankees.
  • May 13, 2008 - NY Times
    For Youthful Rays, Changes in Stands and in Standings: During their first 10 seasons, the Tampa Bay Rays grew accustomed to serving as gracious hosts whenever they faced the Yankees or the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. But that’s beginning to change.

  • April 30, 2008 - Boston Globe
    After nicking Halladay, Youkilis tips his cap: Given the great admiration Kevin Youkilis has for Roy Halladay , his two-out single in the ninth inning to beat him last night, 1-0, felt extra special and left Youkilis and the Red Sox with a feeling of accomplishment in the first game of a homestand after being swept by the Rays at Tropicana Field over the weekend.
  • April 26, 2008 - MLB.com
    Haynes hands Rays a win in extras: Nathan Haynes singled home Carl Crawford in the bottom of the 11th to give the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox in front of a crowd of 30,290 on Friday night at Tropicana Field.
  • April 20, 2008 - MLB.com
    Sonnanstine tosses three-hit shutout: Andy Sonnanstine made the necessary adjustments Saturday night and came away with a nifty complete-game three-hitter to lead a 5-0 Rays win over the White Sox in front of a crowd of 17,613 at Tropicana Field.
  • April 16, 2008 - MLB.com
    Pettitte settles in, holds Rays at bay: Andy Pettitte logged seven innings of quality ball, while Hideki Matsui homered and drove in two runs as the Yankees defeated the Rays, 5-3, on Tuesday at Tropicana Field, sweeping an abbreviated two-game series.
  • April 15, 2008 - MLB.com
    Cano's late pinch-hit homer lifts Yanks: Robinson Cano's sleepy season opening may have had its wake-up call. Cano came through with an eighth-inning, pinch-hit home run off Al Reyes on Monday, lifting the Yankees to an 8-7 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field, bailing out the bullpen after it relinquished a five-run lead.
  • April 15, 2008 - MLB.com
    Kennedy OK after getting hit by liner: Yankees righty Ian Kennedy was struck near the right thigh with a batted ball during his start against the Rays on Monday at Tropicana Field, leaving the game in the seventh inning."He's OK,"Yankees manager Joe Girardi said."He just took a line drive off his side. We don't expect it to affect him."
  • April 15, 2008 - MLB.com
    Hurlers take their first hacks of season: A funny sight could be seen prior to Monday night's Rays-Yankees contest at Tropicana Field: Rays pitchers taking batting practice. The Rays' first Interleague road game is May 16 in St. Louis against the Cardinals.
  • April 10, 2008 - MLB.com
    Washburn dominant in Mariners win: Left-hander Jarrod Washburn continued his dominance of the Rays on Wednesday night, leading the Mariners to a 7-1 victory over Tampa Bay in front of 12,106 at Tropicana Field. He was aided by two homers, one a three-run shot by backup catcher Jamie Burke.
  • April 10, 2008 - MLB.com
    Putz throws, reports feeling good: An eight-minute throwing session from 60 feet on flat ground Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field drew a lot of attention. The focus was on right-handed reliever J.J. Putz -- who was throwing a baseball for the first time since April 1, when he suffered a rib injury while pitching in the ninth inning.
  • April 10, 2008 - NY Times
    Mariners 7, Rays 1: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Jarrod Washburn allowed one run in seven innings, and Jamie Burke hit a three-run homer to lead the Seattle Mariners past the Tampa Bay Rays 7-1 on Wednesday night. Washburn (1-1) gave up six hits, and improved to 11-3 at Tropicana Field against the Rays.
  • April 10, 2008 - San Francisco Chronicle
    Burke Homers As Mariners Top Rays 7-1: Jarrod Washburn allowed one run in seven innings, and Jamie Burke hit a three-run homer to lead the Seattle Mariners past the Tampa Bay Rays 7-1 on Wednesday night. Washburn (1-1) gave up six hits, and improved to 11-3 at Tropicana Field against the Rays....
  • April 9, 2008 - MLB.com
    After 'pen session, Kazmir feels good: Well before the throng of fans entered Tropicana Field for the Rays' home opener on Tuesday, asmall group of media gathered to see Scott Kazmir throw a live bullpen session.
  • November 29, 2007 - MLB.com
    Rays unveil plans for new stadium: The Tampa Bay Rays, who have played indoors at Tropicana Field for their first 10 seasons, unveiled plans on Wednesday for a retractable-roof, 34,000-seat, open-air waterfront ballpark that could open as early as 2012.
  • November 22, 2007 - MLB.com
    New-look Rays want a new stadium: The Rays will announce details and renderings of a new waterfront ballpark and redevelopment of Tropicana Field on Nov. 28, according to a news release by the team Wednesday.
  • November 17, 2007 - ESPN.com
    Rays: New stadium would boost Tampa economy: A new waterfront stadium and redeveloped Tropicana Field could bring $1 billion in investment to St. Petersburg's economy, according to the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • October 12, 2007 - Yahoo!
    Rivera's decision may depend on Torre (AP):

    New York Yankees manager Joe Torre congratulates closer Mariano Rivera  after his 300th career save to shut down the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-5 Friday night, in the file photo taken May 28, 2004, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Rivera isn't happy that Joe Torre might be out as manager of the New York Yankees and said the team's decision will be factored into whether he returns.

    If the Yankees plan to keep calling on Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning, they might want to think carefully about who would be handing him the ball. Rivera isn't happy that Joe Torre could be out as manager in New York and said the team's decision will be factored into whether he returns. "I don't feel good about it," Rivera said Wednesday, two days after the Yankees' third straight exit in the...


  • October 11, 2007 - Yahoo!
    Rivera keeping eye on Torre's status (AP):

    New York Yankees manager Joe Torre congratulates closer Mariano Rivera  after his 300th career save to shut down the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-5 Friday night, in the file photo taken May 28, 2004, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Rivera isn't happy that Joe Torre might be out as manager of the New York Yankees and said the team's decision will be factored into whether he returns.

    If the Yankees plan to keep calling on Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning, they might want to think carefully about who would be handing him the ball. Rivera isn't happy that Joe Torre could be out as manager in New York and said the team's decision will be factored into whether he returns. "I don't feel good about it," Rivera said Wednesday, two days after the Yankees' third straight exit in the...


  • September 26, 2007 - MLB.com
    Lost lead delays Yanks' celebration: Dioner Navarro's solo home run off Jeff Karstens in the 10th inning lifted the Devil Rays to a 7-6 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday at Tropicana Field, postponing a potential clinching game for New York's 13th consecutive postseason appearance.
  • September 24, 2007 - MLB.com
    Devil Rays hand Wakefield rare loss: After 19 tries, the Devil Rays finally got to Tim Wakefield. The Red Sox knuckleballer had pitched in 19 career games at Tropicana Field without losing, until now. On Sunday, during a 5-4 win, the Rays certainly had his number.
  • September 24, 2007 - FoxSports.com
    Red Sox's lead slips to 1.5 games: Struggling knuckleballer Tim Wakefield gave up a two-run homer to Delmon Young, and the Boston Red Sox lost 5-4 to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Sunday.The Red Sox, who clinched at least the wild-card spot Saturday, started play with a 2 1/2-game lead over second-place New York in the AL East. Wakefield (16-12) entered 9-0 at Tropicana Field and 19-2 overall against the Devil Rays, but he gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings.
  • September 23, 2007 - Houston Chronicle
    AL NOTES: Thome moves into tie for 22nd on career homer list: Boston Red SoxKnuckleballer Tim Wakefield, today's scheduled starter, is 9-0 in 13 career starts at Tropicana Field. The righthander's overall record against Tampa Bay is 19-2. The 19 wins are the most by any Tampa Bay opponent.Chicago White Sox
  • September 22, 2007 - Boston Globe
    20 is something: There were a couple of boxed bottles of Dom Perignon in Josh Beckett's cubicle in the visitors' clubhouse at Tropicana Field last night. Before he left, he tucked one under his arm.
  • September 21, 2007 - Boston Globe
    Red Sox-Devil Rays series thumbnails: at Tropicana Field Records: Boston is 90-63 (first in the American League East); Tampa Bay is 63-90 (last in the AL East, 27 games behind).
  • September 9, 2007 - MLB.com
    Back-to-back jacks seal win for Shields: Three solo home runs fueled a 3-2 Rays win over Blue Jays on Sunday in front of a crowd of 20,556 at Tropicana Field. Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena hit back-to-back shots in the sixth to put Tampa Bay ahead for good in the finale.
  • September 8, 2007 - MLB.com
    Rays finish job with walk-off antics: Trailing by three runs in the ninth, the Rays rallied for four runs to take a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays Saturday in front of a crowd of 19,822 at Tropicana Field.
  • September 6, 2007 - MLB.com
    Rays indulge at homer buffet, beat O's: Hot teams want to play baseball and the Rays are in the midst of playing their best baseball of the summer. On Wednesday night everything clicked in a 17-2 win over the Orioles at Tropicana Field.
  • September 6, 2007 - MLB.com
    Notes: Crawford suspended by MLB: Carl Crawford has been suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for his"inappropriate actions"during the bottom of the third inning of the Rays' Sept. 3 game against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.
  • September 4, 2007 - MLB.com
    Rays begin homestand with win over O's: Carlos Pena turned the other cheek on Monday night, resulting in a 9-7 Rays win over the Orioles in front of a crowd of 10,350 at Tropicana Field. Meanwhile,"Big Game"James Shields had to forget about a frustrating third inning in order to hang around long enough to accrue his 200th inning of the season.
  • August 29, 2007 - MLB.com
    Notes: Anderson shining in second half: Trailing by three runs in the ninth, the Rays rallied for four runs to take a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays Saturday in front of a crowd of 19,822 at Tropicana Field.
  • August 27, 2007 - San Francisco Chronicle
    A's avoid the blowout / Rays win again as Peña homers off Haren, Street: After giving up 26 runs in the previous two games, the A's had their best pitcher on the mound and they held Tampa Bay to a slightly more manageable output. Even so, Oakland couldn't stop the Devil Rays from their third victory in a row at Tropicana Field,...
  • August 26, 2007 - MLB.com
    Kazmir leads Rays with career game: Talk about friendly competition, game on between Scott Kazmir and James Shields. A night after Shields tossed a gem against the A's, Kazmir took the mound for the Rays and dominated the A's -- establishing a new Rays strikeout record -- in a 14-3 Rays win in front of a crowd of 18,163 Saturday night at Tropicana Field.
  • August 24, 2007 - MLB.com
    A's continue tear with big win over Rays: The A's used a five-run second inning to take control and never looked back during a 12-2 drubbing of the Devil Rays on Thursday night at Tropicana Field.
  • August 23, 2007 - MLB.com
    Upton's blast stuns Dice-K, Sox: B.J. Upton, Edwin Jackson, and a cast of bullpen heroes led a 2-1 Devil Rays win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field in front of a crowd of 17,839.
  • August 23, 2007 - Boston Globe
    Support lacking by Sox: If, in an idle moment, Daisuke Matsuzaka happened to glance at the Tropicana Field scoreboard last night and noticed that the Texas Rangers had scored a record-setting 30 runs in Baltimore, he might have had cause to wonder whether he'd gotten the wrong directions to the American League when he left Japan.
  • August 23, 2007 - Boston Globe
    Faraway faithful: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Wearing a crisp white Red Sox jersey and a dusty blue Boston cap, Bill Adams sat a few rows from third base at Tropicana Field. He has never lived in New England. He has been in Fenway Park only once. And he was the first on his feet when David Ortiz sliced a triple.
  • August 23, 2007 - Boston Herald
    Sox pick up Lester: Lefty scuffles, but bats,'pen shine: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jon Lester reminded the Red Sox once again last night at Tropicana Field that he still needs some polish before he can shine as the gem the organization is expecting.Coming off...
  • August 23, 2007 - Boston Herald
    Wakefield right on money: With Cash, he leaves Rays spent: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - With Tim Wakefield's security blanket on the shelf for the first time in more than 15 months, it appeared early on at Tropicana Field last night that Kevin Cash's attempt...
  • August 23, 2007 - Boston Herald
    Summer's done for Timlin's son: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Someone was missing in the Red Sox clubhouse.As Red Sox reliever Mike Timlin strolled through the visitors dressing room at Tropicana Field before last night's game against...
  • August 23, 2007 - Boston Herald
    Scouting report: Red Sox at Devil Rays: AT TROPICANA FIELD, ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.TONIGHT - RHP Tim Wakefield (14-10, 4.55 ERA) vs. LHP Scott Kazmir (9-7, 3.44). TV-NESN. RADIO-WRKO-AM (680). 7:10.TOMORROW - LHP Jon Lester...
  • August 20, 2007 - MLB.com
    Giants ride 17-hit attack to series sweep: Joel Guzman's RBI single in the bottom of the 12th gave the Devil Rays a 4-3 win over the Indians in front of a crowd of 22,329 on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
  • August 19, 2007 - MLB.com
    Guzman's walk-off single wins it in 12th: Joel Guzman's RBI single in the bottom of the 12th gave the Devil Rays a 4-3 win over the Indians in front of a crowd of 22,329 on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
  • August 18, 2007 - MLB.com
    Price throws out first pitch in opener: Prior to the start of Friday night's game against the Indians, the Devil Rays' most recent prize stepped from the home dugout to be introduced to the crowd at Tropicana Field.
  • August 4, 2007 - Baltimore Sun
    A question with Corey Patterson: Is it hard to get up to play at Tropicana Field because of the poor attendance and the low-key atmosphere?
  • August 1, 2007 - MLB.com
    Litsch lights-out in homecoming win: Jesse Litsch had a successful homecoming. With a host of family and friends in the stands at Tropicana Field, Toronto's rookie starter made quick work of the Devil Rays to help the Blue Jays to a 2-0 win on Tuesday night.
  • July 29, 2007 - MLB.com
    Sox need extra effort to beat Rays: In a grinder of a game at Tropicana Field, the Red Sox broke it open in the 12th inning and pulled out a 12-6 victory over the Rays on Saturday night.
  • July 27, 2007 - Boston Globe
    Devil Rays-Red Sox thumbnails: at Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay Records: Tampa Bay is 38-63 (last in the American League East, 23 games behind); Boston is 62-40 (first in the American League East).
  • July 19, 2007 - MLB.com
    Kazmir keeps Angels at bay in Rays' win: Scott Kazmir, who has been plagued by high pitch counts all season, threw only 94 pitches in seven innings in the Rays 7-2 win over the Angels at Tropicana Field. Kazmir walked only one batter and gave up three hits while striking out six.
  • July 18, 2007 - MLB.com
    Baldelli vows to return this season: Devil Rays outfielder Rocco Baldelli stopped by Tropicana Field on Tuesday night and told reporters that he'll be back in 2007.
  • July 16, 2007 - MLB.com
    Yankees rally to climb above .500: The Yankees survived a seesaw battle for control and came out on top, taking a 7-6 win on Sunday, and three of four games in the series from the Rays at Tropicana Field.
  • July 15, 2007 - MLB.com
    Abreu's five RBIs lift Yanks past Rays: Bobby Abreu homered and drove in five runs, and Chien-Ming Wang shut out the Rays after the first inning for the Yankees' 6-4 win on Saturday night at Tropicana Field.
  • July 15, 2007 - MLB.com
    Notes: Ailing Cabrera a late scratch: Melky Cabrera spent most of the day on Saturday laying on a table inside the training room at Tropicana Field and trying to deal with a nasty set of flu-like symptoms. The Yankees' center fielder was a late scratch from the lineup and replaced in the field by Johnny Damon, who was slated to hit leadoff.
  • July 15, 2007 - NY Times
    For Torre, Power Surge by Matsui Is Expected: The Yankees’Hideki Matsui hit four home runs in the seven games before Saturday night’s matchup against the Devil Rays at Tropicana Field, including one Friday.
  • July 14, 2007 - MLB.com
    Kazmir gets 500th whiff, beats Yanks: Scott Kazmir attained a career milestone while leading the Devil Rays to a 6-4 win over the Yankees on Friday night at Tropicana Field in front of a crowd of 29,803.
  • July 12, 2007 - FoxSports.com
    A-Rod, Jeter go back-to-back in Yanks' win: Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu homered to back the pitching of Andy Pettitte and lead the New York Yankees to a 7-3 victory over the struggling Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Thursday night.With Yankees owner George Steinbrenner watching from his suite at Tropicana Field, Rodriguez hit his major league-leading 31st homer five pitches after Jeter hit his first in nearly a month.
  • July 12, 2007 - Yahoo!
    A-Rod, Jeter, Abreu homers lift Yankees (AP):

    <a href=New York Yankees batter Alex Rodriguez (13) hits a fourth-inning home run off Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher James Shields during a baseball game Thursday night July 12, 2007 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Catching for Tampa Bay is Dioner Navarro. " align="left" border="0">

    Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu homered to back the pitching of Andy Pettitte and lead the New York Yankees to a 7-3 victory over the struggling Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Thursday night. With Yankees owner George Steinbrenner watching from his suite at Tropicana Field, Rodriguez hit his major league-leading 31st homer five pitches after Jeter hit his first in nearly a month.


  • June 14, 2007 - FoxSports.com
    Dukes gets day off after pregancy report: Troubled Tampa Bay outfielder Elijah Dukes was not in uniform for the Devil Rays game Wednesday night against San Diego following another wave of media reports detailing his problems off the field.Manager Joe Maddon said the 22-year-old rookie was given a "personal day" and would not be at Tropicana Field after it was revealed that a pregnant 18-year-old girl is claiming that Dukes is the father of her unborn child. The St.
  • June 11, 2007 - USA Today
    Series to watch: Bonds heads to Fenway: Outfielder Barry Bonds will play in the 40th ballpark of his career when the Giants start an interleague series Friday at Boston. The San Francisco superstar has hit home runs in every AL ballpark he's played in with the exception of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. He also has 24 homers in AL stadiums.

  • May 23, 2007 - MLB.com
    Betancourt lifts Mariners over Rays: Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt slugged a go-ahead solo home run in the sixth inning Tuesday night and left-hander Jarrod Washburn continued his dominance of the Devil Rays as the Mariners notched a come-from-behind, 5-2 victory at Tropicana Field.
  • May 20, 2007 - MLB.com
    Backed in big way, Willis beats Rays: The Marlins surged ahead early and managed to hold on late to assure themselves of at least a series win after defeating the Rays, 7-2, on Saturday night at Tropicana Field.
  • May 7, 2007 - San Francisco Chronicle
    Homers propel A's past Rays: Nearly four seasons passed between major-league homers for Jack Cust, but on Sunday at Tropicana Field, the longtime minor-leaguer belted one in his first game with Oakland. The A's other home run Sunday was from a more predicable source. Nick Swisher,...
  • May 6, 2007 - MLB.com
    Harris the hero for Rays in extra innings: Ben Zobrist stayed on his feet this time. Brendan Harris lined a single to right field in the bottom of the 12th with Zobrist on second, and he rounded third without incident, touching home plate with the winning run in a 3-2 Rays victory over the A's in front of 16,604 Saturday night at Tropicana Field.
  • May 6, 2007 - San Francisco Chronicle
    Outfield roulette puts Snelling in center: With Nick Swisher not quite ready to play the field -- especially one with artificial turf -- Chris Snelling played center field for the A's on Saturday night at Tropicana Field. Swisher was making his second start since being sidelined by a hamstring...
  • May 5, 2007 - Minneapolis Star Tribune
    No stopping Ortiz this time: Nearly 11 months later, David Ortiz got a little bit of Metrodome revenge. Rewind to last June 15 and the Red Sox slugger was subjected to a quirk every bit as bizarre as what the Twins experienced this week at Tropicana Field. On that night -- the last game Boston played at the Metrodome before Friday -- Ortiz smoked a Carlos Silva pitch. It was a shot that seemed destined for the upper deck. And then: clang. Instead of hitting the banner bearing the likeness of Kirby Puckett that is attached to a curtain in the upper deck, the ball hit one of the speakers that hang from the Metrodome roo
  • May 4, 2007 - MLB.com
    Shields impresses once again in victory: James Shields came through with yet another solid pitching performance to lead a 6-4 Devil Rays win over the Twins Thursday night at Tropicana Field in front of a crowd of 8,793.
  • May 3, 2007 - Minneapolis Star Tribune
    Odd plays, blown save result in Twins loss: ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - Joe Nathan sang a line from the old Blood, Sweat and Tears tune "Spinning Wheels" on Wednesday night, as the Twins tried making sense of perhaps the most bizarre ending to a baseball game they'd ever seen. "What goes up ... must come down," Nathan sang, in an otherwise silent clubhouse. On a night when anything seemed possible, that just wasn't true. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays handed Nathan his first blown save of the season and mixed in some unique plays off objects hanging from the Tropicana Field roof to pull out a 4-3, 10-inning victory. The Twins wasted six strong
  • May 1, 2007 - Minneapolis Star Tribune
    Twins vs. Tampa Bay series preview: THREE-GAME SERIES AT TROPICANA FIELD Today, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM RHP Sidney Ponson (1-3, 8.44 ERA) vs. RHP Edwin Jackson (0-3, 6.10) Wednesday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM RHP Boof Bonser (0-1, 5.26) vs. RHP Jae Seo (1-2, 9.51) Thursday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM RHP Ramon Ortiz (3-1, 2.57) vs. RHP James Shields (2-0, 3.75) KEY MATCHUP B.J. Upton is on fire for the Devil Rays. He enters the series batting .365 with five home runs and a team-high 20 RBI. Upton went 2-for-2 with a double
  • April 25, 2007 - MLB.com
    Crawford leads Rays to sweep of Yanks: Carl Crawford's grand slam off Mike Myers in the seventh inning enabled the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to defeat the New York Yankees, 6-4, on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field for a sweep of their two-game series.
  • April 24, 2007 - MLB.com
    Rays outslug A-Rod to top Yankees: B.J. Upton's three-run double in the seventh inning broke open a one-run game and led the Devil Rays to a 10-8 win over the Yankees in front of 20,409 on Monday night at Tropicana Field.
  • April 18, 2007 - MLB.com
    Rays bounce back to beat O's: A night after losing to the Orioles in a game they had led by six runs after six innings, the Devil Rays built a five-run lead after four innings Tuesday night then held on to take a 6-4 win over the O's in front of a crowd of 9,575 at Tropicana Field.
  • April 17, 2007 - MLB.com
    Rays 'pen gives up game to Birds: The Orioles scored five runs in the seventh to complete a comeback from a 7-1 deficit to defeat the Devil Rays 9-7 in front of a crowd of 9,157 Monday night at Tropicana Field.
  • April 4, 2007 - Boston Herald
    In a Royal slump: Sox find tough going in KC: KANSAS CITY, MO. - Don't look now but the Kansas City Royals and Kauffman Stadium have become nemeses to the Red Sox, much like the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Tropicana Field a few years back.Granted,...
  • December 12, 2006 - MLB.com
    Christmas comes early at the Trop: Laughter and squeals of joy reverberated around Tropicana Field on Monday, as foster children from the Safe Childrens' Coalition and Hillsborough Kids Inc. visited for a festive party with Joe Maddon, Scott Kazmir, Brian Stokes and Jorge Cantu.
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    PhilliesRays
    Record92-70, won NL East97-65, won AL East
    ManagerCharlie ManuelJoe Maddon
    Home parkCitizens Bank ParkTropicana Field
    Home record48-3357-24
    Road record44-3740-41
    Team strengthsBullpen, powerStarting pitching, peed
    Game 1 starterCole Hamels (14-10)Scott Kazmir (12-8)
    Path to World SeriesBeat Brewers in NLDS 3-1Beat White Sox in ALDS 3-1
    Beat Dodgers in NLCS 4-1Beat Red Sox in ALCS 4-3
    2008 vs. Rangers1-26-3
    World Series appearanceSixthFirst
    Players with World Series experience51
    All-time head-to-head record5-1010-5
    Oldest playerJamie Moyer (45)Cliff Floyd (36)
    Youngest playerCole Hamels (24)Evan Longoria (23)
    Players 30 and over147
    Players under 301118